Have $1,399.99 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, Samsung has a new ultrabook to sell you: the Series 9, which it says is now available "through a variety of retail channels." The machine is only 0.51" thick, features a 13.3" display with a 1080p resolution, and has a chassis "sand-blasted for fingerprint resistance."
Well, it certainly looks like a $1400 laptop.
The Series 9's other specs also befit its lofty price. There's a Core i7-3537U processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, 1.3W stereo speakers, and a battery that can pull off a 5.8-hour run time in MobileMark 2012. The battery life may seem a little on the short side, but we're talking about an unusually slim ultrabook with a powerful processor and a weight of only 2.56 lbs. Modern battery technology can only work so many miracles.
There's no mention of the display's panel type, but Samsung says the screen can show 16 million colors and has 300 cd/m² luminosity. The 16-million figure suggests an 8-bit IPS or PLS panel—remember, 8 bits of color for three color channels equals 16.78 million total colors.
I'm not sure if super-high-end boutique systems are the right way to reverse the downward spiral of PC shipments. Still, I prefer to see PC makers focus on quality rather than low cost and volume. The endless quantities of mediocre machines with 1366x768 displays and crummy touchpads may be part of the reason there's so little excitement around PCs today.